Tennis is one of the most played sports played in the world. It is a sport anyone can play, from beginners to pros. There are two major categories of tennis players. They can be classified based on their ability to hit the ball more than a backhand or forehand. Most often, tennis players have difficulty with hitting forehands because they do not know how to properly engage the correct muscles for their forehands, and in which order to hit powerful forehands. Tennis players also struggle with their backhands because of insufficient knowledge about how to position themselves to hit a good backhand down the court. These two areas are vital to the game and need to be addressed.
A successful tennis swing is dependent on your grip. Many new players make the mistake of holding their racket in a way that is too loose or tight and end up missing the ball and making poor contact or letting their racket slide when they swing at the ball. The right way to hold the racket in the right way will provide you with the best chance to hit the ball accurately every time.
Another important thing to remember is that your forehand swing path should start out straight and then curve toward the top of your body when you get to the top of your follow-through. This is known as cut shot or high arc. A hook with a low arc will begin with an easier wrist hinge and wrist extension. These factors will influence the type of shots that you should be learning. If you are working on the bank shot technique your forehand’s swing course will naturally curve towards the top as you get closer to the ball.
Always keep your shoulders in line with the ball when you swing. This will keep your shoulders in constant contact with the ball while your arms move freely. Be aware that your shoulders must never leave the socket or your tennis racquet during your swing. This can make it extremely difficult to catch the ball in the event that this occurs.
When you are approaching the ball, make sure to move your arm to your side, not from your backside. Rotating your arm towards your side can reduce your power and ability generate power. You need to have a strong grip to control the rotation of your arm. A weak grip can be very dangerous because it can cause you be unable to catch the ball, or it could cause you to extend your arm. This could result in injury.
Another crucial aspect of the proper grip is the angle you stand at. Most tennis players are right handed and have their right arm stretched across their body. For those who are just beginning their left arm is usually slung over their body. Most coaches advise that you hold the club in an open grip or like a baseball position. By holding the club in a neutral position will aid in preventing a non-dominant arm when you swing.
Tennis players that have an open stance forehand are more likely to have problems with their forearms. When players with an open stance forehand they tend to over-turn their wrists and do not have a good grip. A great way to solve this issue is to hold the racket with an even grip. Closed grips are ideal for tennis players who have an open forehand. This can be accomplished by placing the racket on your head while your knees are bent and your elbows are locked.
Tennis players who have a non-dominant handed should swing the racket over their head and above their shoulders. If you’re a right-handed player the racket should be facing your crotch. If you’re a left-handed player, the racket should be pointing towards your waist. This will stop the over-the-head swing or the under-shoulder swing from happening. When you swing keep your wrists straight, and keep them down your hips, making sure you don’t allow either side of your body any space to swing.